Syrian conflict risks becoming more complex: analyst

(Reuters) — Both the United States and Russia have made clear that they have been trying to avoid getting drawn deeper into the Syrian conflict, a Syrian analyst said Tuesday. Despite the efforts to reach a political settlement for the Syrian crisis, the situation on the ground has grown increasingly complex over the past few months. In mid-March, Syrian government forces and the opposition engaged in the most intense fighting in almost a year in […]

Approve or Reject? Let the Commission on Appointments decide!

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — The Commission on Appointments (CA) last Wednesday, March 8, rejected the appointment of Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. for failing to disclose the status of his citizenship before the committee. During his confirmation hearing last February 22, Yasay said he never legally acquired an American citizenship because when it was issued to him on November 1986, the foreign citizenship was “null and void.” “I was disqualified from acquiring US […]

Information wants to be free!

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 10) – As of January of 2016, the total population of the Philippines reached 101,498,763 and the Bureau of Internal Revenue  Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Nelson Aspe noted that thirty percent or thirty million of which are registered taxpayers. Taxes serve as the main source of our country’s revenue. Individual tax – along with other forms of taxes – is the fuel used by the Philippine government to support each and every […]

What is habeas data?

QUEZON City, Philippines (November 10) – Senator Leila De Lima filed a petition for  Writ of Habeas Data against President Rodrigo Duterte but before we react, do we know what a Writ of Habeas Data? Habeas Data is a remedy available to any person whose right to privacy in life, liberty or security is violated or threatened by an unlawful act or omission of a public official or employee, or of a private individual or entity engaged […]

SC greenlights Marcos Burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani

QUEZON City, Philippines (November 10) – Finally, after six petitions and two deferments because of status quo ante order, the Supreme Court gives the green light to the burial of late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. There had been various talks, opinions and reactions regarding this matter. Many anti-Marcos groups expressed their vehement objections even before former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada showed an early interest on pursuing the […]

SK 101

QUEZON City, Philippines (September 22) – After a 3-year lapse, the youth council Sangguniang Kabataan or SK was supposed to make its comeback. The Sangguniang Kabataan is a youth leadership organization with the purpose of ingraining on the young Filipinos the good qualities of being a leader, especially on the local government or grass-root level. The smallest political unit of the government – the barangay – is the seat of the SK. Each barangay has one. […]

The Senate makes a smart move

QUEZON City, Philippines (September 21) – Sen. Leila De Lima has been replaced by Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights. The motion was moved by Sen. Manny Pacquio yesterday following the privilege speech of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano regarding how De Lima is destroying the country by leading the investigation on extrajudicial killings which is directly linking President Duterte’s war on drugs. The motion garnered […]

Should the SK and barangay elections be postponed?

QUEZON City, Philippines (September 19) – The Congress has already approved of the proposed postponement of the synchronized barangay and SK or Sangguniang Kabataan elections. In a vote of 218 -4, the House of Representatives approved of the bill postponing said elections. The Senate approved their own version of the bill, with the vote of 20-2. This is a good thing. When the Congress voted to move the SK and barangay elections, it gives its implicit […]

The long road to peace with the NDF

QUEZON City, Philippines (September 5) – The National Democratic Front of the Philippines or NDFP stated its interest in further dialogues with the Philippine government on the off chance that the latter is serious in meeting with the demands of the NDF which were brought up in the latest meeting between the two parties in Norway. Both parties have consented to move forward with the peace process, making a joint articulation after a two-day meeting held in Oslo […]

To bury or not to bury

QUEZON City, Philippines (August 22) – Thousands of protesters arrived in Rizal Park despite of the bad weather in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement that allowing the Marcos family to bury the former President in the Libingan ng mga Bayani in September. The protesters came to show their dissent to the President’s decision and to urge him to change it.  Many politicians joined the protests – mainly members of the Liberal Party – former Interior […]

Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. pays courtesy call to Bro. Eduardo V. Manalo

QUEZON City, Philippines – Vice-Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., paid an early courtesy call to the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s Executive Minister Bro. Eduardo V. Manalo at the Iglesia Ni Cristo Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City. Marcos said that he always learns a lot every time he meets Bro. Eduardo V. Manalo and expressed his happiness and gratitude at the continued support of the Church to his family. Other than Senator Bongbong Marcos, other […]